It’s a personal blog with no fixed format or agenda; I write about whatever is going on. The threads that tie my posts together are honesty, authenticity, growth and awareness.
A year ago I dismantled my old life; I gave up my career, sold my house, gave away 90% of my possessions, and with my husband went off to South East Asia, mainly India, to travel for a year.
I am currently completing a personal memoir of that year, a homage to the beauty of India and reflections on the personal process of the trip.
That year was a reset and hugely important in terms of personal growth. Having just returned to the UK the challenge now is to build a new life ‘outside of the matrix,’ capitalizing on the gains of the past year without giving into fear.
Currently my posts are mainly personal reflections re managing fear, frequency levels and awareness, as well as extracts from my travel memoir.
Oh and we now live on a narrow boat in rural Northamptonshire, so expect everyday tales of swans and life on the riverbank as well.
I started blogging in 2014. I was writing a book about my ‘spiritual awakening’ which felt like a lot of hard work; blogging felt easy in comparison.
I liked the immediacy of blogging. It suited me as I tried to work things out, and allowed me to change my mind from post to post as my ideas evolved.
I still feel the same way about it. My blog is my own creative corner of the universe where I can be completely myself.
Our blog is called Monkey’s Tale. We have both enjoyed international travel for many years and for the past 16 years have been traveling together.
In 2017 we decided that life is too short, so we decided to travel full-time through South Asia for 20 months.
As with many travel bloggers, we started Monkey’s Tale to share our adventures and pictures with family and friends. The longer we traveled the more we realized that we were gaining valuable information that other travelers could use.
We are now beginning to include helpful tips for others traveling to these interesting destinations on our blog.
Ethno, my blog, follows my travels around the world and the food I encounter wherever I go. I love finding national specialties or local traditions and I really like trying to replicate these things back home in the UK (with very mixed results).
The main area I focus on is the Balkans, Turkey, the Caucasus and the Middle East but the blog is always evolving so this may well change.
I got to a point in my life where I felt like I was getting stuck in a rut and work was dominating all my time and energy. That’s when I decided to follow my interests and not neglect them anymore.
I’m never happier than when I’m exploring new places, eating national/regional/local food specialties and speaking foreign languages. Rather than keep this to myself I decided to start sharing my adventures with other people and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the amount of interest I have received. You wouldn’t believe how many people read my post about Azerbaijani vegetarian food !!
My blog is a blend of international teaching and life experiences I endure while living and teaching abroad. Right now, it is a journey through a cancer diagnosis. In November I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. I decided to remain teaching in Uruguay while undergoing chemotherapy. There are posts about teaching experiences, travel experiences, and international medicine experiences.
I decided to take a leap into the international teaching scene. I had been a public school teacher in the States for six years and needed a change. Sight unseen, I took a job in Montevideo, Uruguay at the American school. Most of my friends and family had never even heard of Uruguay. I would be lying if I said I didn’t have to look it up on a map before signing the contract.
I was inspired to start the blog Teach Abroad Coyle to keep a log of what it was like to teach in a foreign country. It was a way to keep all of my family and friend and former students informed about my new life. It was also a way for me to process the new memories I was making in my new country.
We are the regular people who quit their once adventurous lifestyle to settle down in Europe with steady eight-to-four jobs. We want to change the myth that quitting your “boring” job to travel will improve your life. In most cases, it won’t.
Traveling does not require giving up your lifestyle, job, and family. And it’s not true you cannot afford it unless you have a CEO salary. Believe us, if we can afford it, so can you.
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